Play It to the Bone (1999)

Play It to the Bone

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Flat characters and uninspired comedy yield forgettable results.


Movie Info

After covering baseball in Bull Durham, basketball in White Men Can't Jump. and golf in Tin Cup, writer, director, and obvious sports fan Ron Shelton takes on the world of boxing in this comedy. Vince Boudreau (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar Sota (Antonio Banderas) are close friends and aspiring boxers struggling on the lowest rungs of the fight game. When a major boxing promoter needs to fill out the card for a heavyweight bout in Las Vegas, Vince and Cesar both get the call to head out to Sin … More

Rating: R (Brutal Ring Violence; Strong Sexuality Including Nudity, Pervasive Language and Some Drug Content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Runtime:

Cast


as Vince Boudreau

as Cesar Dominguez

as Grace Pasic

as Joe Domino

as Hank Goody

as Cappie Caplan

as Dante Solomon

as Mad Greek Waitress

as Freddy Green

as Vegas Cop

as Vegas Paramedic

as Chiquito Rosario

as Gym Owner

as Vegas Lawyer

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as Robert Velario

as Garden Referee

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as Cesar's Garden Train...

as Man With Ferrari

as Skeeter Lewis

as Vince's Big Fight Re...

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as HBO Commentator

as Sportswriter

as Sportswriter

as Vince's Trainer

as Cesar's Trainer

as Cesar's Cutman

as Vince's Cutman

as Cesar's Cornerman

as Vince's Cornerman

as As Himself

as HBO Commentator

as HBO Commentator

as As Himself

as Ring Announcer

as As Himself

as Dr. Velvil Ginsberg

as Boxing Commissioner

as Timekeeper

as Timekeeper

as Press Assistant

as Press Assistant

as Ring Card Girl

as Ring Card Girl

as Fantasy Girl

as Fantasy Girl

as Fantasy Girl

as Grace's Party Friend

as Croupier

as Cesar's Boxing Doubl...

as Vince's Boxing Doubl...

as Ringside Fan

as Ringside Fan

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Critic Reviews for Play It to the Bone

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (27)

OK for laughs but less OK for emotional investment with the characters, who feel more like comic constructs than the real-feeling guys.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

This is no Raging Bull.

January 1, 2000
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Its resemblance to Mr. Shelton's other work makes us feel as if we've already seen the film's trailer 20 times.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The hope that Shelton would bring fresh insight to the sweet science is unfulfilled on nearly every level.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Variety
Top Critic

Remember Raging Bull? This is just bull.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Denver Post
Top Critic

...Shelton's second-best idea for a boxing movie.

Full Review… | August 28, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Play It to the Bone

Awful, unfunny comedy and not good drama that just make you lost time and an opportunity of watch a really great film. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

really fun flick to watch if you wanna see something brainless but entertaining

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

I didn't despise it but I didn't give it another thought until I typed this up.

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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